Fair features new office, renovated building

LISBON – There are a few building projects happening at the Columbiana County Fairgrounds in preparation for the fair.

A Integrity Kokosing construction trailer was donated to the board and is the new Junior Fair Livestock Sales Office. The trailer was donated after an accident caused damage to the trailer. A truck hauling the trailer crashed into a tree after slipping on the ice after a winter storm, Tresa Unkefer, secretary of the board, said.

Usually, Baer Auctioneers bring its own trailer in to handle the auctioning and payments of the livestock. The new, donated trailer eliminated the need for the company to do that, she said.

The office handles transactions and payments of the livestock auction and organizes and sets up the processes of the auction itself, she said.

When the fair is not going on, the office can be used as a meeting room and a storage area.

The damaged part of the trailer was renovated and will be ready for use during fair week.

Another project going on is the renovation of the oldest building on the fairgrounds – “the old government building.”

“We wanted to keep the historical aspect of it in place,” Unkefer said. “So we decided to renovate it instead of tearing it down.”

The building was not in use last year because of the condition it was in, but it has been previously used for multiple features of the fair.

This year, it will hold commercial vendors.

“It’s been used for a little bit of everything,” she said. “It’s been used for arts, fruits and vegetables, government displays, and my dad said he used it when he was younger as a 4-H booth.”

In addition to the building projects, a new ticket booth was donated as well as 24 trees for the grounds.